Gardaí issue appeal after bridge fall incident

Gardaí issue appeal after bridge fall incident


The scene of the incident on September 2nd – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Gardaí in Clare have issued an appeal for witnesses to an incident which left three young men in hospital and which was originally thought to have been an accident.

The men had been sitting on the wall of a bridge close to the famous Spa Wells in Lisdoonvarna at around 3.20am on September 2nd last when they fell 30 feet into a shallow stream below.

Gardaí, who were on duty in the town at the time, received a report that a number of people had fallen from a bridge just a few hundred metres from the town centre. Gardaí arrived at the scene within minutes and located three young men all of whom had suffered serious injuries.

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) was alerted and three ambulances were sent to the scene. All three were taken to University Hospital Limerick with suspected back and neck injuries.

While originally thought to have been an accident, Gardaí have since appealed for witnesses after it emerged during inquiries that another person may have been involved.

A Garda spokeswoman said: “It is believed that the three males were sitting on the bridge immediately prior to this incident. Gardaí are anxious to speak with any person who was in the area of the Spa Wells Bridge in and around the time of this incident.”

“We are seeking the public’s assistance in determining the events leading up to the incident and will treat each caller with the utmost confidentially. We are asking anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact Gardaí in Ennistymon on 065 7072180, Kilrush on 065 9080550 or the Garda Confidential Telephone 1800 666 999,” the spokeswoman added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.